Fall 2019 - ARCH 100 D300

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 10845

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby



A broad survey of human cultural development from the late Palaeolithic/PalaeoIndian periods (ca 40,000 BP) to the rise of civilization and empires, in both the Old and New Worlds. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course will allow you to begin to address some of the major questions that archaeologists ask about the human past: How did humans come to populate the entire planet? What would it have been like to live as a hunter-gatherer in the Upper Palaeolithic? What is the meaning of the images painted or carved into rock or of intricate burials found in different parts of the globe? How did we begin to domesticate crops and animals and to take up farming, and what effects did this have on our societies and relationships? How and when did we start to build cities, and states, and empires, and why have (some of) these collapsed? You will learn about the concepts and methods that archaeologists use to gather and interpret data about the past, and you will study the information that has been gained from case studies from (almost) every continent. You will also be challenged to think about the implications of archaeological research and how this knowledge of the ancient human past is represented.


  • First Exam 25%
  • Second Exam 35%
  • Final Exam 40%


Breadth: Social Sciences



Deborah I. Olszewski. Archaeology and Humanity’s Story. A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory. Oxford University Press, New York. 2016.
ISBN: 9780199764563

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